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Remembering Pat Sueck, new dates for 102/105 training, records retention webinar postponed, Agricultural Conservation Technical Training rescheduled, and USDA accepting proposals for partnership program. 
Remembering Pat Sueck

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Pat Sueck, former PACD President, on March 13, 2020.
Pat was first appointed to the Board of the York County Conservation District in 1990. In 1998 Pat was elected as the PACD President and served in that position for two years. For 18 years, she served as the PACD representative to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) representing  Pennsylvania at the national and regional levels. Pat kept busy promoting conservation at countless NACD annual and regional conventions, legislative "fly-ins" to D.C., and Envirothon events at the county, state, and national levels. Pat has chaired the NACD North East Education Committee and served as the NACD North East President. She was also a member of the National  Conservation Foundation, which is now the home of the National Envirothon. Pat was the recipient of the District Special Service Award in 1998, the NACD President's Award in 2010, and the PACD Distinguished Service Award in 2012.
Her dedication to conservation and agriculture was apparent to anyone who met her. Her warmth, caring, and leadership in the conservation community will be missed.
Click here to read her obituary. 
Photo caption: In 2018, Pat Sueck received the PACD President's Award from Charles Duritsa (at right in photo). Also pictured are Greg Hostetter, Deputy Secretary of Animal Health and Food Safety at the PA Department of Agriculture (left) and PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
New Dates for 102/105 Technical Training

New dates have been announced for the 102/105 Basic and Topic-based Technical Training sessions. Both sessions are open to the conservation district and PA Department of Environmental Protection staff who work with the Chapter 102 and 105 programs. At this time, we anticipate opening Basic registration in April and Topic-based registration in mid-summer. We thank our registrants for their patience and understanding during this process.
The new dates are:
June 16-19, 2020
102/105 Basic Technical Training
Wyndham State College, Boalsburg, PA
September 16-18, 2020
102/105 Topic-based Technical Training
Wyndham State College, Boalsburg, PA
Records Retention Webinar Postponed
March 31 Records Retention Webinar postponed, Staff Conference session video available for viewing

The Records Retention for Conservation Districts webinar scheduled for March 31, 2020, has been postponed. Stay tuned for an announcement on rescheduling for April. In the meantime, videos for the Records Retention and Prevailing Wage sessions at the 2020 Staff Conference are now available for viewing at the Building for Tomorrow website.
Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership's Leadership Development Committee.
Agricultural Conservation Technical "Boot Camp" Training Rescheduled

The Agriculture Conservation Technical "Boot Camp" Training Basic and Level II are rescheduled. Participants in Basic received updated information for the webinar sessions and in-person field days this fall. Level II applicants will receive the rescheduled dates once they are confirmed.
USDA Accepting Proposals for Partnership Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals from partners to address natural resource concerns at local, regional, and landscape scales through May 18, 2020.

Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program's (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA), NRCS will invest up to $50 million to fund up to 15 projects in which partners will be given greater liberty to manage an RCPP project and the associated relationships with participating producers and landowners.

AFA project proposals must be submitted by May 18, 2020, through the RCPP portal at . Information about this request for proposals is available on

Click here to read the full press release.
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